Featured Speaker – John Gadd, President & CEO of Hotcards.com; Founder, President & CEO of Gadd Corp; Gadd Holdings; and Red Space

An entrepreneur since his first neighborhood landscaping company at 10 years old – John has founded and co-founded multiple companies in the software, print and marketing industries.

Currently, John is the President & CEO of Hotcards.com – an online design & printing firm, which he and a group of investors acquired in 2012 – and is now part of The Bernie Moreno Companies. Hotcards has 50,000 customers Nationwide and printed over 10 billion square inches of paper last year. He is also Founder/President of Red Space, a prominent downtown Cleveland event venue and CMO/COO of Datefit, a mobile dating app for those inspired by fitness and a healthy way of life.

Throughout his career, John served as strategic counsel to C-level executives at Fortune 300 companies, and frequently speaks on the topics of entrepreneurship, marketing and culture.

He is a former board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters N.E. Ohio, E CITY Lake County, Co-Chair of Cleveland Rocks New Years Eve 2014/15, and currently Co-Chairs the Republican Party of Cuyahoga County Advisory Council, is a board member of The Chagrin Documentary Film Festival, as well as the Chagrin Education Foundation, sits on the marketing committee of the United Way of Greater Cleveland – and was named to Crain’s Cleveland prestigious 40 under 40 class of 2014, Printing Impressions 20 under 40 class of 2014, Print+Promo Magazine’s 15 under 40 class of 2017.

John Gadd

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